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Posted 2M ago by @roxyvivien

Help with Bug ID! Are these Springtails?
I'm noticing them more around my plant pot rims and drain holes at watering time β€” it was really wet a couple weeks ago so they multiplied quickly and now it's dry so they are finding my plants to dwell in...

They don't cause a ton of damage but can multiple quickly and eat some healthy plant roots when there are a lot of them which will cause leaf drop esp in younger plants... It's debatable if you should get rid of them as they eat fungi and mold, which can help plants...

But then I found some in my home 🏑 - my kitchen which I don't love. 😐😀

I'm gonna treat them with cedar and clove essential oils - just wanted a second ID to be 100% sure I'm not dealing with something else.
#succulentsquad #succulentlove #greggang #help #pestcontrol #pestid #plantaddict

Thanks!
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Google Lens did identify these as springtails and I am inclined to agree.
What’s their pattern of movement? Springtails usually… spring 🀣 or seem to jump around. But yes, this does appear to be a springtail as far as a visual ID goes. I also considered thrips, but the body is rounded vs tapered at the end, and isn’t quite as slender as thrips would be, so I feel fairly confident this is a springtail. Hope these screenshots help!
Is this what they look like up close? Also do they jump?
Do they look like a Greyish color when they’re on your soil? I find that springtails look more grey/silvery/sometimes whitish, in person at least 😯 unless there’s lots of varieties of them that idk about πŸ˜…
It doesn’t look like any variety of springtail that I’m familiar with. How big is it? Springtails are super small (and usually hard to get a clear photo of without a macro lens). I’ve included a photo of one of my cultures for size referenceβ€”it’s in a Mason jar.
@hoyahead they don't fly, they just crawl quickly and yes, jump or "spring" - definitely aren't thirps cause I have an issue with those outside on the ficus trees and they are nasty buggers. They are stuck all over my sticky traps I use to protect my succulents, so I know it wasn't one of them πŸ˜‚
@ESylvanus they are very small my Galaxy S21 canmera is just amazing with close up shots 😏that pic is 7x the actual size. I read that there are a ton of springtail varieties. I'm in southern California, where are you located? πŸ™‚
@PlantingPeace they are a brownish kinda darker grey maybe - but I did read there many varieties of springtails and diff colors - I'm not sure which this one is tho πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ
@skyhighsplants yes, I included the reference pic from my search in my post. And yes they jump, but only when I try to smush them and I miss lol
@TexanExpat Thank you, John! πŸ™ŒπŸ½

Google lense! I should have thought of that β€” good lookin' out ! Thanks for the pro ID verification! πŸ‘πŸ½ πŸ™‚ I will proceed with my Essential oil spray on the soil and clean the windowsills with white vinegar now! 😁
@roxyvivien Ah, that makes sense, then! It was so clear in the photo, I thought it was a much larger insect πŸ˜‚
I’m on the East Coast, but yeah, it definitely looks like a springtail, knowing that you’ve got a good zoom πŸ˜‚

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